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1, 2, 3 scandals for Sansom



Howard Troxler dissects the assorted controversies engulfing House Speaker Ray Sansom - the job, the meeting, and the building.

If there were a crime called "sticking stuff into the budget to help your buddies," heck, the whole Legislature would be in jail. But the $6-million that Sansom got for a "training facility" at Destin Airport for the school to train emergency workers goes beyond that. Abuse of the state budget seems like a good place for investigators to start.

The "training facility" turns out to be the spittin' image of an aircraft hangar that was desired by a friend of Richburg's and Sansom's who owns a company called Destin Jet. To hear everybody tell it, the fact that this "training facility" is exactly what the jet-airplane guy wanted, on exactly the spot where he wanted it, is just a coincidence.

The jet guy's wishes weren't "consciously on my mind," the speaker explained last week.

Good grief! Some people accidentally lose their keys; the House speaker accidentally builds aircraft hangars.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:14pm]


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